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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531173/a-scoring-system-to-effectively-evaluate-central-nervous-system-tuberculosis-in-patients-with-military-tuberculosis
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Yongjiu Xiao, Shuqing Yu, Qingliang Xue, Shan Lang, Junping Sun, Dan Feng, Jianxin Wang
There is currently no convenient way to effectively evaluate whether a miliary tuberculosis patient is complicated with central nervous system (CNS) tuberculosis. We aimed to find such a way by analyzing the clinical data of these patients. Fifty patients with confirmed miliary tuberculosis and 31 patients with confirmed miliary tuberculosis complicated with CNS tuberculosis from 2010 to 2014 were selected. Their general conditions, clinical features and laboratory tests were analyzed. Factors that were significantly different between them were chosen to performed multivariate and univariate logistic regression analyses, and factors with significant P values were used to establish a scoring system...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529824/to-cough-or-not-to-cough-examining-the-potential-utility-of-cough-testing-in-the-clinical-evaluation-of-swallowing
#2
Stephanie A Watts, Lauren Tabor, Emily K Plowman
PURPOSE: The clinical swallowing evaluation (CSE) represents a critical component of a comprehensive assessment of deglutition. Although universally utilized across clinical settings, the CSE demonstrates limitations in its ability to accurately identify all individuals with dysphagia. There exists a need to improve assessment and screening techniques to improve health outcomes, treatment recommendations and ultimately mortality in individuals at risk for dysphagia. The following narrative review provides a summary of currently used validated CSE's and examines the potential role of cough testing and screening in the CSE...
December 2016: Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529467/radiotherapy-for-pertussis-an-historical-assessment
#3
Edward J Calabrese, Gaurav Dhawan, Rachna Kapoor
X-ray therapy was used to treat pertussis/whooping cough during a 13-year period from 1923 to 1936 in North America and Europe. Twenty studies from clinicians in the United States reported that approximately 1500 cases of pertussis were treated by X-ray therapy usually with less than 0.5 erythema dose. Young children (<3 years) comprised about 70% to 80% of the cases, with the age of cases ranging from as young as 1 month to 50 years. In general, symptoms of severe coughing, vomiting episodes, and spasms were significantly relieved in about 85% of cases following up to 3 treatments, while about 15% of the cases showed nearly full relief after only 1 treatment...
April 2017: Dose-response: a Publication of International Hormesis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528945/the-chemical-profile-and-pharmacodynamic-properties-of-extracellular-wollea-saccata-biopolymer
#4
Martina Šutovská, Michaela Kočmálová, Lenka Pappová, Soňa Fraňová, Andrej Chyba, Jiří Kopecký, Jaromír Lukavský, Vladislav Cepák, Peter Capek
Microalgae organisms are of interest for many biotechnology applications due to the production of a wide range of biologically active compounds. Incubation of W. saccata in a large scale afforded a mucilaginous, high molecular weight biopolymer composed of carbohydrate, protein and phenolic compounds. Sugar moiety was rich in hexoses (60%) and 6-deoxyhexoses (31%), while only 9% of pentoses was identified. Methylation analysis revealed about 40 types of methylated sugar derivatives, suggesting a very complex structure of Wollea biopolymer...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528614/multifocal-tuberculosis-verrucosa-cutis-a-manifestation-extraordinary-of-reactivation-secondary-tuberculosis
#5
Virendra N Sehgal, Prashant Verma, Sambit N Bhattacharya, Sonal Sharma, Navjeevan Singh
A BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guérin)-vaccinated 78-year-old man, a native Indian, reported with numerous asymptomatic, peanut-sized, dirty gray, elevated eruptions of 1 year's duration appearing over apparently normal skin on the upper and lower extremities (Figure 1). The onset of the eruptions had been sudden, but they had progressed slowly. A history of cough and/or expectoration, evening rise of temperature, night sweats, or loss of appetite and weight was denied.
2017: Skinmed
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528221/bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-and-perinatal-characteristics-predict-1-year-respiratory-outcomes-in-newborns-born-at-extremely-low-gestational-age-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Roberta L Keller, Rui Feng, Sara B DeMauro, Thomas Ferkol, William Hardie, Elizabeth E Rogers, Timothy P Stevens, Judith A Voynow, Scarlett L Bellamy, Pamela A Shaw, Paul E Moore
OBJECTIVE: To assess the utility of clinical predictors of persistent respiratory morbidity in extremely low gestational age newborns (ELGANs). STUDY DESIGN: We enrolled ELGANs (<29 weeks' gestation) at ≤7 postnatal days and collected antenatal and neonatal clinical data through 36 weeks' postmenstrual age. We surveyed caregivers at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months' corrected age to identify postdischarge respiratory morbidity, defined as hospitalization, home support (oxygen, tracheostomy, ventilation), medications, or symptoms (cough/wheeze)...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527922/bronchodilator-therapy-for-chronic-cough
#7
REVIEW
Maria Gabriella Matera, Paola Rogliani, Alessandro Zanasi, Mario Cazzola
Experimental studies indicate that airway calibre increases the sensitivity of the afferents involved in the cough reflex but it has proved difficult to demonstrate that airway calibre increases the sensitivity of the afferents involved in the cough reflex. Therefore, bronchodilators might have a role, although rather minor, in the treatment of cough. However, although bronchodilators represent the standard of care in the treatment of airway obstruction associated with asthma or COPD, controversy persists regarding the mechanism(s) by which these agents alleviate cough...
May 17, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527170/oculo-otological-manifestations-in-a-case-of-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis
#8
Archana Sonawale, Anjali Rajadhyaksha, Shreepriya Mangalgi
A 44 year old lady presented with acute onset of loss of vision in the right eye and cough with mucopurulent expectoration for two months. Ophthalmic examination revealed central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO). Chest radiograph showed multiple cavitatory nodules with fluid levels. Sputum was negative for AFB and ANCA was strongly positive suggestive of a diagnosis of Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA). Within the next few weeks the patient had rapid detenoration due to left eye CRAO, progressive bilateral hearing loss, facial palsy and retro orbital mass...
April 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527081/chiari-malformation-type-1-related-headache-the-importance-of-a-multidisciplinary-study
#9
Marcella Curone, L G Valentini, I Vetrano, E Beretta, M- Furlanetto, L Chiapparini, A Erbetta, G Bussone
Chiari type 1 Malformation (CM 1) is a structural defect consisting of a displacement of the cerebellar tonsils through the foramen magnum causing obstruction of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) outflow. CM 1 has a variety of presentation with headache being the most common symptom. The evaluation and treatment of headache related to CM 1 are often difficult, because the pain in the occipital-suboccipital region or headache that is of cough-type suggests symptomatic CM 1, but patients suffering from CM 1 can also report migraine or tension-type headache...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526483/effects-of-air-stacking-maneuver-on-cough-peak-flow-and-chest-wall-compartmental-volumes-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-subjects
#10
Antonio Sarmento, Vanessa Regiane Resqueti, Mario Emílio Teixeira Dourado-Júnior, Lailane Saturnino, Andrea Aliverti, Guilherme Augusto de Freitas Fregonezi, Armele de Fátima Dornelas de Andrade
OBJECTIVES: To assess the acute effects of air stacking on cough peak flow (CPF) and chest wall compartmental volumes of persons with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) versus healthy controls positioned at 45° body inclination. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study with a matched-pair design. SETTING: University hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Twelve persons with ALS and twelve age-matched healthy. MAIN OUTCOMES: CPF, chest wall compartmental inspiratory capacity (ICCW), vital capacity (VCCW), tidal volume (VTCW) and operational volumes, breathing pattern and percentage of contribution of the compartments to the inspired volume were measured by optoelectronic plethysmography...
May 16, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526310/working-with-influenza-like-illness-presenteeism-among-us-health-care-personnel-during-the-2014-2015-influenza-season
#11
Sophia Chiu, Carla L Black, Xin Yue, Stacie M Greby, A Scott Laney, Angela P Campbell, Marie A de Perio
BACKGROUND: Health care personnel (HCP) working while experiencing influenza-like illness (ILI) contribute to influenza transmission in health care settings. Studies focused on certain HCP occupations or work settings have demonstrated that some HCP often continue to work while ill. METHODS: Using a national nonprobability Internet panel survey of 1,914 HCP during the 2014-2015 influenza season, we calculated the frequency of working with self-reported ILI (ie, fever and cough or sore throat) and examined reasons for working with ILI by occupation and work setting...
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524832/measles-outbreak-in-pediatric-hematology-and-oncology-patients-in-shanghai-2015
#12
Yan-Ling Ge, Xiao-Wen Zhai, Yan-Feng Zhu, Xiang-Shi Wang, Ai-Mei Xia, Yue-Fang Li, Mei Zeng
BACKGROUND: Despite substantial progress toward measles control are making in China, measles outbreaks in immunocompromised population still pose a challenge to interrupt endemic transmission. This study aimed to investigate the features of measles in pediatric hematology and oncology patients and explore the reasons behind the outbreak. METHODS: We collected demographic, epidemiological, and clinical data of immunocompromised measles children. All suspected measles cases were laboratory-confirmed based on the presence of measles IgM and/or identification of measles RNA...
June 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524743/nanoparticle-exposures-from-nano-enabled-toner-based-printing-equipment-and-human-health-state-of-science-and-future-research-needs
#13
Sandra Vanessa Pirela, John Martin, Dhimiter Bello, Philip Demokritou
Toner formulations used by laser printers (LP) and photocopiers (PC), collectively called "toner-based printing equipment" (TPE), are nano-enabled products (NEP) because they contain several engineered nanomaterials (ENM) that improve toner performance. It has been shown that during consumer use (printing), these ENM are released in the air, together with other semi-volatile organic nanoparticles, and newly formed gaseous co-pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOC). The aim of this review is to detail and analyze physico-chemical and morphological (PCM), as well as the toxicological properties of particulate matter (PM) emissions from TPE...
May 19, 2017: Critical Reviews in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524084/bordetella-holmesii-lipid-a-structures-and-corresponding-genomic-sequences-comparison-in-three-clinical-isolates-and-the-reference-strain-atcc-51541
#14
Valérie Bouchez, Sami AlBitar-Nehmé, Alexey Novikov, Nicole Guiso, Martine Caroff
Bordetella holmesii can cause invasive infections but can also be isolated from the respiratory tract of patients with whooping-cough like symptoms. For the first time, we describe the lipid A structure of B. holmesii reference strain ATCC 51541 (alias NCTC12912 or CIP104394) and those of three French B. holmesii clinical isolates originating from blood (Bho1) or from respiratory samples (FR4020 and FR4101). They were investigated using chemical analyses, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS)...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523136/phenotypic-presentation-of-chronic-cough-in-children
#15
EDITORIAL
Ahmad Kantar
Chronic cough in children is increasingly defined as a cough that lasts more than four weeks. It is recognized as a different entity than cough in adults. As a result, the diagnostic approach and management of chronic cough in children are no longer extrapolated from adult guidelines. These differences are attributed to the various characteristics of the respiratory tract, immunological system and nervous system in children. Specific paediatric guidelines and algorithms for chronic cough are now widely applied...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522215/blocking-voltage-gated-sodium-channels-as-a-strategy-to-suppress-pathological-cough
#16
REVIEW
Hui Sun, Marian Kollarik, Bradley J Undem
Pathological cough is thought to be secondary to inappropriate activation of vagal sensory nerves. Sensory nerves can be activated by a large number of disparate stimuli. The most relevant stimuli to block for effective anti-tussive therapy likely depend on the specific underlying pathology that is leading to the coughing. Blocking voltage-gated sodium channels (NaV) will prevent action potential initiation and conduction and therefore prevent sensory communication between the airways and brainstem. In so doing, they would be expected to inhibit evoked cough independently of the nature of the stimulus and underlying pathology...
May 15, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521786/role-of-routine-abdominal-ultrasonography-in-intensified-tuberculosis-case-finding-algorithms-at-hiv-clinics-in-high-tb-burden-settings
#17
Sonam Spalgais, Upasna Agarwal, Rohit Sarin, Devesh Chauhan, Anita Yadav, Anand Jaiswal
BACKGROUND: High proportion of TB in people living with HIV (PLHIV) is undiagnosed. Due to this active TB case finding is recommended for HIV clinics in high TB burden countries. Presently sputum examination and chest radiography are frontline tests recommended for HIV infected TB presumptives. Abdominal TB which occurs frequently in PLHIV may be missed even by existing programmatic intensified case finding protocols. This study evaluated the routine use of ultrasonography (USG) for active case finding of abdominal TB in HIV clinics...
May 18, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521195/diabetes-and-impaired-glucose-metabolism-is-associated-with-more-cold-related-cardiorespiratory-symptoms
#18
Tiina Maria Ikäheimo, Jari Jokelainen, Juhani Hassi, Liisa Hiltunen, Sirkka Keinänen-Kiukaanniemi, Tiina Laatikainen, Pekka Jousilahti, Markku Peltonen, Leena Moilanen, Juha Saltevo, Simo Näyhä
AIMS: Diabetes and impaired glucose metabolism cause metabolic, neural and circulatory disturbances that may predispose to adverse cooling and related symptoms during the cold season. This study assessed the prevalence of cold-related cardiorespiratory symptoms in the general population according to glycaemic status. METHODS: The study population consisted of 2436 men and 2708 women aged 45-74years who participated in the National FINRISK cold sub-studies in 2002 and 2007...
May 4, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520711/inhalational-chlorine-injuries-at-public-aquatic-venues-california-2008-2015
#19
Jason A Wilken, Michele DiMaggio, Matthew Kaufmann, Kevin O'Connor, Svetlana Smorodinsky, Christina Armatas, Tracy Barreau, Richard Kreutzer, Lino Ancheta
In June 2015, personnel from California's Contra Costa Health Services Environmental Health and Hazardous Materials (hazmat) divisions were alerted to a possible chemical release at a swimming pool in an outdoor municipal water park. Approximately 50 bathers were in the pool when symptoms began; 34 (68%) experienced vomiting, coughing, or eye irritation. Among these persons, 17 (50%) were treated at the scene by Contra Costa's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and released, and 17 (50%) were transported to local emergency departments; five patients also were evaluated later at an emergency department or by a primary medical provider...
May 19, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516442/vaccines-for-the-common-cold
#20
REVIEW
Daniel Simancas-Racines, Juan Va Franco, Claudia V Guerra, Maria L Felix, Ricardo Hidalgo, Maria José Martinez-Zapata
BACKGROUND: The common cold is a spontaneously remitting infection of the upper respiratory tract, characterised by a runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, cough, malaise, sore throat, and fever (usually < 37.8º C). The widespread morbidity caused by the common cold worldwide is related to its ubiquitousness rather than its severity. The development of vaccines for the common cold has been difficult because of antigenic variability of the common cold virus and the indistinguishable multiple other viruses and even bacteria acting as infective agents...
May 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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